A letter asking “non-working parents” to pick up their children from an Australian childcare facility earlier than those employed is dividing the internet, with many unsure if the request is reasonable or discriminatory.
An image of the letter was shared on Facebook by a parent whose child attends the unidentified facility and begins, “If you are a non-working parent you are required to pick your child up from Preschool at 4:00pm. ”
The facility operator went on to state that the disregard of the rule was affecting the workers and was costing huge amounts in overtime being paid.
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Clearly frustrated by the request, the parent asked, "What would you do if you were a SAHM (stay-at-home mum) and asked to pick your child up earlier because they didn't have staff, or didn't want to pay overtime to staff? Is this reasonable or discrimination?"
Speaking to Mamamia about the letter, childcare worker Sarah Hall says she can see it from both sides. "On one hand, if you're paying for a day, I think you should be allowed to keep the child there for as long as you need and the centre is open because often you're just trying to get everything done and there aren't enough hours.
"But on the other hand," the NSW mum-of-one continued, "it can be a really long day for the child if they are there from the time the centre opens until it closes. But in terms of having enough workers on, that's just a matter of rostering staff properly and staggering the start and finish hours."